Missouri Joint Committee on Legislative Research

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The Missouri Joint Committee on Legislative Research is a non-partisan legislative research service agency serving the members and staff of the Missouri General Assembly. The Committee is an all-purpose agency with a research division handling general research matters and a oversight division handling all fiscal and budget matters.

Governance

The Joint Committee on Legislative Research for its Oversight Division is governed by a twenty person committee consisting of nine members of the Missouri House of Representatives along with the Speaker of the Missouri House. The Senate is chaired by the President Pro-Tempore of the Missouri State Senate along with nine other Senators. No more than six members on the Senate or the House side of the committee can be from the same party[1].

The Oversight Division is governed by a separate twenty person committee consisting of the Chairman of the Missouri State Senate Apporpraitions Committee and nine other Senate members. The House side is led by the Chairman of the House Budget Commmittee and nine other members of the Missouri House of Representatives. No more than six members on the Senate or the House side of the committee can be from the same party[2].

Both the Fiscal and Oversight Divisions have an executive director. There is a staff of 25 in the Research Division[3] and a staff of 14 in the Oversight Division[4].

Services offered-Research Division

Bill drafting

The Research Division handles all bill drafting for members and staff of the Missouri General Assembly. All bill drafts are handled confidentially and are exempt from Missouri Open Records laws[5].

Courtesy resolutions

The Joint Committee on Legislative Research helps draft all courtesy resolutions introduced in the legislature for various occasions[6].

Legislative Library

The Joint Committee on Legislative Research provides a full reference library that includes past Missouri Government guides and past books, periodicals, and guides on the Missouri Government[7]

Services offered-Oversight Division

Fiscal notes

The Oversight Division is required to issue a fiscal note with every bill that is introduced in Missouri. The fiscal note must take into account:

  • The cost of the proposed legislation to the state for the next two fiscal years.
  • Whether the proposal would establish a program or agency which would duplicate an existing program or agency.
  • Whether the provisions of the proposal were federally mandated.
  • Whether the proposal would have significant direct fiscal impact upon any political subdivision of the state.
  • Whether any new physical facilities would be required.
  • Whether the proposal would fiscally impact small businesses.

New fiscal notes are produced:

  • Before the initial committee hearing on the proposal in its chamber of origin.
  • Before a proposal reaches the top of the Bills for Perfection Calendar if the bill or joint resolution was amended or substituted by the committee to which it was assigned.
  • Before a proposal reaches the top of the Bills for Perfection Calendar if the bill or joint resolution was amended or substituted by the committee to which it was assigned.
  • Before a proposal reaches the top of the Bills for Perfection Calendar if the bill or joint resolution was amended or substituted by the committee to which it was assigned.
  • Any time leadership refers a proposal to either the House Budget Committee or the Senate Committee on Budget Control for a hearing due to questions about the proposal's fiscal effects, and
  • Upon amendment on the floor of the "opposite" chamber and sent back to the "original" chamber for concurrence or on Conference Committee Reports.
  • After a proposal is Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed.

The Oversight Division produces over 3,000 fiscal notes annually[8].

Program Evaluations

Program Evaluations are conducted on the request of legislators and legislative committees by the Oversight Division. Program evaluations more emphasize on the performance and effectiveness on government programs and also making sure they are spending effectively and meets efficency standards. The Oversight Division gives recommendations on how programs in the Missouri government can be served better[9].

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